We completed a successful week back in Monterey. As part of the large-scale instrument array, 71 locations were recovered, some from land and some from sea. Thanks to all who participated! This will be quite the dataset to study wave transformation and current variability in rocky nearshore environments. Follow along at the SIO ROXSI website and blog: https://roxsi.ucsd.edu/
Congratulations to University of Otago PhD student, Rafael Costa Santana! Almost 3 years to the day that he began his PhD research, Rafa has submitted his thesis for evaluation. Rafa has been remarkably efficient in being able to use ocean observations, and apply data assimilation techniques to better understand transport and variability of the East Auckland Current. He continues on with a post-doc at the University of Auckland and is sure to have many terrific future opportunities.
Exciting times! Our first deployments for the ROXSI field program off of Monterey, CA. Big thanks to Jamie MacMahan (NPS) for hosting and co-ordinating the efforts for the large-scale array.
A great big thank you to recent UNCW Physics graduate, Cody Benton. For the last year, Cody has worked on a variety of projects from data curation and analysis, to poster presentations, public outreach, and instrument turn-arounds. Sad to see you go, but very excited for your next chapter: a PhD program at Rutgers University! But first, a European adventure and Utah backpack trek. Have fun out there!
Thank you to the Hench Lab for hosting my visit to the Duke Marine Laboratory and Beaufort, NC. Dolphin pods were meant to swim by the windows of the seminar room, but no such luck. This area has certainly seen a lot. Pamlico and Algonquian Native Americans to the town of Beaufort, established in 1713. It was a port-of-call in the trans-Atlantic and trans-American slave trade, Blackbeard the pirate ran aground, and marine research since the 1800s.
Recently completed the archived hindcast ROMS model results for the ONR Inner-Shelf Dynamics Experiment archive. Big thank you to Amy Waterhouse (SIO) and Jack McSweeney (Stonybrook) for continuing to get these out. Thanks to all the modelers and UCSD library staff who helped put this together. A subset of these model data now live on with access for all!
Suanda, Sutara H.; Di Lorenzo, Emanuele; Miller, Arthur J.; Haas, Kevin; Edwards, Christopher A.; Moore, Andrew M.; Kumar, Nirnimesh; Xu, Tongtong; Cai, Donghua (2022). ISDE ROMS Hindcast model simulations. In Observations and Model Simulations from the Inner-Shelf Dynamics Experiment (ISDE). UC San Diego Library Digital Collections. doi.org/10.6075/J0930T97
Honored to have an overview of this paper make the cover of BAMS. Nick Statom (SIO) deserves all the photo credit and thank you to Jim Lerczak (OSU) for continuing to lead the charge. Proud of this work though the heart is heavy remembering Nirni and Sean. Their contributions live on but I miss their spirits.
Nice couple of days on the water with the Coastal and Estuarine Processes class. The dredging of Intracoastal waterway resulted in a quick pivot to sampling riverine salt flux, but no problem here.
Here is a plug for some great science by PhD students presented at OSM2022
Investigating short-crested breaking waves under variable directional spreads using phase-resolved modeling and laboratory observations
Session: CP03 Nearshore Processes 08
Date and Time: 3/1/2022: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, room 22
Nearshore-to-shelf coupling driven by waves and hydrodynamics offshore of the Kaikōura submarine canyon, New Zealand.
Session: CP04 Coastal connections: Material transport between Land, Estuaries and the Shelf 02
Date and Time: 3/3/2022: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, room 03
Data assimilation sensitivity experiments in the East Auckland Current region
Session: OM03 Advances in Ocean Data Assimilation, Forecasting, and Reanalysis 01
Date and Time: 2/28/2022: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, room 17
Elevated oceanic turbulent dissipation rates due to combined effects of strong tides and high winds
Session: PS01 Inter-scale connections and transfers in mesoscale, submesoscale, and boundary layer turbulence 02
Date and Time: 2/28/2022: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, room 10
Influence of the oceanic mesoscale on coastal circulation within the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Session: PS05 Oceanic interscale connectivity: larger-scale dynamics influencing coastal regions 01
Date and Time: 3/3/2022: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, room 10
I found this image on the UCSD library archives of SIO physical oceanographer Robert Arthur. It depicts surface ocean currents in the South Pacific on a “cloth survival chart” from the 1940s. Apparently navy pilots would carry these in case they were lost at sea and would follow drift patterns…wow.